Category Archives: Portuguese

What is ‘feijoada’?

 Last week one of my groups was working on the topic “Ordering food at a pub or restaurant” and as a warm-up for the subsequent lesson we did a role play in which one of them would be a gringo … Continue reading

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Collocations: Make a decision

Hey all! Here’s another collocation that makes students hesitate. As a matter of fact, Brazilian students either are not aware that make collocates with decision, or simply take it for granted by what we call false analogy, as in Portuguese … Continue reading

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How do you pronounce “injury”?

Hello-o! I know things have been a bit too slow with this blog, but today we’re gonna be talking about a word that hardly ever fails to be used by pilots in the ICAO test. Still, it’s often mispronounced by … Continue reading

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Is that what you mean? – Retire X Remove

Hey all, how have you been? It’s about a fortnight since the last time we had a “Is that what you mean?” post, so I thought today we could investigate another very common error among Brazilian students, who often mistake … Continue reading

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How do you pronounce “responsible”?

It’s been a while since we last worked on pronunciation, so today I picked another word that is surely in the Top Ten English Words Mispronounced by Brazilians: responsible. If you’ve been studying English for, say, more than a year, … Continue reading

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